2014 Edition: A Few of My Favorite Things


This year went by in such a flash! I feel like I blinked, and we were at the end of the year. Every year, I like to sit and reflect an important thing: the Earth has taken an entire year to make its journey around the Sun. What a quaint thought it is! Another thing I like to sit and reflect upon is what I used most often throughout the year.

So, let’s talk about A Few of My Favorite Things!



These are in no particular order.

1. Zoya MatteVelvets – I absolutely adored that Zoya brought these back! They are absolutely gorgeous, and if I really had to choose which one was my favorite, it was a terribly difficult question to answer, so I say ALL.OF.THEM.



2. Yes to Cucumbers Makeup Remover Wipes – When I went to the Gluten/Allergen Free Expo, this year, I spent most of my day with Red Apple Lipstick (definitely makes my favorite’s list! Read on.). They had these makeup remover wipes at their booth, and I fell in love with these, and immediately started using them. Best decision ever. This is probably my 20th one this year alone. Yup, that’s how many swatches I do, folks.



3. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Coconut Lime – Not only was I OBSESSED with the Coconut Lime scent this year, I absolutely adored this sugar scrub! I usually pick one up along with my groceries, and it keeps my skin from getting all dry in the Winter, and even the Summer months.



4. Laura Ashley Body Butter in Coconut Lime – Thanks to Beauty Box 5 for introducing me to this body butter, this is beyond my favorite. It smells wonderful and is a perfect pairing after using the Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub above.



5. Teadora Lip Butter in Rainforest at Dusk – Chocolate. Coffee. Berries. That should say enough, but this lip butter exfoliates and keeps my lips soft. I apply at night, and my lips are refreshed. #lipjunkieMUSTHAVE



6. SmartFX SmartBrow in Brunette – I really tried to keep up with my eyebrow game this year, but I am not an expert yet. Still learning! SmartBrow really helped me with this. I’m actually almost finished with it, and ready to purchase another! Here’s to keeping eyebrows on point all through 2015 and beyond!



7. Redken Color Rebel Temporary Hair Color – This was my jam this year (well, from October on…). I am not a fan of permanently dying my hair because I get bored easily, so these were a godsend. I enjoyed adding funky highlights to my hair and can’t wait to play with these some more in 2015. Hopefully more colors are on their way!!


8. Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls – When they say, “The Best Darn Curl Cremes Period.”, they are NOT kidding. This stuff is amazing! THIS and a diffuser, and you’ve got gorgeous curls.



Shipra Taneja


9. Brown/Neutral Lipsticks! – I don’t know what it was, but I was all about brown lipsticks. I guess I was really feeling 1990’s. But, here are a few of my favorites. No surprise, most are MACs.


MAC Verve:


MAC Verve

MAC Double Shot:


MAC Tabla:


MAC Shitaki:


MAC Styled in Sepia:


Red Apple Lipstick Ooh La La:


Red Apple Lipstick Gypsy Soul:


Maybelline Touch of Spice:


10. L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner – This is my FAVORITE! FAVORITE! FAVORITE! eyeliner for my waterline. It lasts well and is SO easy to apply even with the intimidating tip. Also, it is the CLOSEST to Indian kaajal I’ve seen!


11. L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Moisture Rush Mask – This is probably my 5th or 6th jar this year. I have been using this at least 1 – 4 times a month. It’s definitely kept my hair’s moisture. I love how it makes my hair feel and my hair has definitely never been healthier!


12. Liquid Lipsticks – I seriously almost got rid of all my bullets, but I’m too much of a lip junkie. For any event or even any date night, I chose to wear a liquid lipstick. Why? Food or drink does not wear it down. It’s so super amazing! See below for a few lip swatches of my favorites! (Radiant Orchid – another favorite!)


Dose of Colors Berry Me:



Lime Crime Utopia:


TooFaced Melted Fig:


Makeup Revolution Keep Lying 4 U:


13. L.A. Colors Nail Polish Remover Pads Strawberry Scented – I have bought a gazillion of these in Strawberry and Peach (which funny enough, I didn’t grab last time at all). I don’t even dare to count because I don’t use nail polish remover (liquid) anymore at all. These are so convenient! They also moisturize your cuticles, don’t leave ANYTHING behind, and smell wonderful!


14. Glisten & Glow Cran I Have Seconds Please? – Absolute favorite Indie! I can’t get ENOUGH of this nail polish!! I am sure you can see why! 😉




15. Smitten Polish Seasonal Lattes – This ties with Glisten & Glow Cran I Have Seconds? I guess I really liked browns all around this year!



16. Geek Chic Shoes and Accessories Comic Book Headband – This Wonder Woman headband is my absolute favorite accessory this year! Created by blogger, Danielle of  Princess Polish, you should definitely check her store out for your inner geek goods!


17. And, last but not least, these were VERY important for me this year. I think I will ONLY use these for my foundation because they just WORK for me. Favorite!! Almay CC Cream in Medium and IT Cosmetics in Rich.


So, these were just a few of my favorite things in 2014!

I wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and much health, love, happiness, and prosperity in 2015 and beyond! Thank you all for following Taneja’s Bride. Lots of hugs to you! 🙂


  1. I love Yes To products, they are pretty amazing!

  2. Wow, what a great list! I wonder whether Miss Jesse’s Quick Curls would work for me with my InstaWave to make the curls take and last longer?? And I love coconut lime scent too. I use the Treehut Body Butter in that scent 🙂

  3. I love your picks .. I might just pick a few for myself as well !!!
    So i see you fell for the Loreal Eyeliner… Told you it was amazing!

  4. I love all the purple lippies

  5. Gotta love seeing Teadora ^_^ Great list!

  6. Love the dark lip look on you! Looks so good!

  7. I love that Teadora lip butter.

  8. I use the L’Oreal hair masks too and I love love them!

  9. I’ve totally tried Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls before! it smelled awesome!

  10. You have curated quite a list of lovely and beautiful makeup! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. That Shea Sugar Scrub sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
    xo Caitlin

  12. I really adore the Zoya Matte Velvets!

  13. Happy New Year. I’m glad to have discovered your blog this year. More power to you in 2015

  14. What a bunch of great looking products. I really want to try that lip butter, I love lip stuff. Happy new Year!

  15. I spy quite a few of my favourites, and some that I must try – that lipstick in Ooh La La is at the top of my list. Happy New Year!

  16. Happy New Year’s Eve. Wishing you all the best.

  17. I seriously need to try smart brow… I stink at keeping up with my brows! lol.

  18. The Zoya Matte Velvets are SO GOOD. I’m obsessed with Veruschka!

  19. I love those makeup wipes! This reminds me that I am all out and need to add it to my shopping list 🙂

  20. I love that comic book headband! Too cute.

  21. Amazing choices, and all of those lippies are gorgeous on you! Happy New Year! <3

  22. I love the sparkly nail polish and that headband! Adorable.

  23. LOVE the lipsticks you chose – wow so incredible! I’ll have to look into getting some for myself because those colors are stunning.

  24. I loved visiting your blog and reading about what new lipstick or nail polish you got on or are mixing it up, helps me decide for future shopping trips. Happy New Year hun

  25. I like your favorite things as well. Happy New Year!!

  26. I love EVERYTHING from the “Yes to” brand. Cucumber is my fave though.

  27. All those lip colors look great!!!

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